April 1, 2023
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‘Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’: Newly formed rock band soars in debut

After English rock band Oasis’ breakup, brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher left the group to strike out on their own. Noel, Oasis’ primary songwriter, formed Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. On the group’s self-titled debut, the new band remains upbeat and crafts songs with depth and purpose.

Noel dabbles in orchestral elements in his songs, which help boost the emotive qualities of each track. When these elements are paired with lively piano lines and an electric guitar, the album showcases its vast array of styles.

“Everybody’s On the Run” is a heartfelt us-against-the-world ballad with soaring string counter melodies and a backing choir. Gallagher preaches determination as he sings, “Hang in there, love/ You gotta hold on, gotta be strong enough for love.”

With his new band, Noel continues Oasis’ tradition of writing meaningful and enjoyable pop with a purpose.

3 out of 4 stars